B.F. Skinner discussed the topic of motivation in every chapter of the book Verbal Behavior (1957), usually with his preferred terminology of deprivation, satiation, and aversive stimulation. Direct quotations will be used to systematically take the participant through 30 separate points made by Skinner that collectively provide a comprehensive analysis of the role of motivation in behavior analysis. In addition, various refinements and extensions of Skinner's analysis by Jack Michael and colleagues (e.g., Laraway, et al., 2003; Michael, 1982, 2007) will be incorporated. Several applications of Skinner's analysis to assessment and intervention programs for children with autism will be suggested.
July 31 – August 3, 2017
The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel
State College, Pennsylvania